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WALB newsfilm clip of Martin Luther King, Jr. answering reporters' questions about a federal injunction barring civil rights protests in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 21

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WALB (Television station : Albany, Ga.)


In this WALB newsfilm clip from July 21, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. answers reporters' questions from the steps of Albany City Hall in Albany, Georgia, after being served with a federal injunction barring civil rights protests. The clip begins with King leaving city hall after receiving the restraining order, accompanied by Dr. William G. Anderson, president of the Albany Movement, and Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As the men exit the building, reporters waiting outside begin questioning King. When asked if the restraining order means the end of mass demonstrations, King responds that a decision will be made after he, Anderson, and Abernathy review the papers and confer with movement lawyers. In response to another reporter's question, King mentions that Donald L. Hollowell, one of the Albany Movement lawyers, is back in Atlanta. Hollowell had flown to New Orleans to request that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals consider reversing the restraining order. Another reporter asks King if he knew of the injunction prior to arriving at city hall at 2:00 pm. King reveals that he had heard the previous night that there was an attempt to get an injunction, and that it had been discussed at a mass meeting held that evening. He expected a state court to issue an injunction, but was surprised that a federal court agreed to do so. King explains that he and many of the other civil rights leaders in Albany were unavailable earlier in the...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia